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Rahul visits Shimla today to take stock of Cong’s defeat

During his meeting with Pradesh Congress Committee office-bearers and district presidents, Gandhi is likely to get a feedback on factors that resulted in Congress' dismal performance in the elections.

By: Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: December 29, 2017 12:10 am
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit Shimla on Friday for a day-long meeting with the party leaders, including legislators and the candidates who lost the election, to assess the reasons for its defeat in the recently-concluded state Assembly polls. The party has won only 21 seats, while five sitting ministers lost the elections.

Rahul, who is visiting Shimla for the first time after taking over as party president, will also interact with the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) office-bearers and district presidents to get a ground-level feedback.

PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu said Rahul’s trip was part of his regular exercise of visiting the states where the polls were recently held. “Earlier, he had visited Gujarat. The Congress president will meet all the candidates and they will be asked to give feedback on the factors contributing to the defeat of the party, besides their individual status,” said Sukhu.

Former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, immediately after the results, had attributed the BJP’s return to power to the trend of change every five years. On the other hand, Kaul Singh Thakur, former health minister who lost the election, had blamed Singh for his defeat as he had backed a rebel in his constituency. Some other candidates have also blamed senior leaders, apart from issues like governance and corruption.

The meeting of the Congress candidates will be held in two shifts, first for those who contested in Kangra and Hamirpur parliamentary constituency areas and second for Mandi and Shimla.

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  1. duckwalker indian
    Dec 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    does this world have any more s like this
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    1. duckwalker indian
      Dec 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm
      earlier days Pappu was not so hated but was only recognised as dumb....today he s also hated to d core by every right thinking citizen of this great nation
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      1. Ramsubramani Harihara Iyer
        Dec 29, 2017 at 3:59 am
        Just a waste of time. Even a child knows that Congress lost because people have no faith in that party.When that is the case ,dont know what Pappu will find out. Instead of wasting time,it is better Pappu takes a few days holidays and make a foreign trip,rejunivate and come back refreshed to canvas for the 2019 elections before getting decimated.
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        1. Yalahanka Raghavendra
          Dec 29, 2017 at 3:34 am
          It is only beginning with no end in sight, Rahul would go to state after state to review congress party failures as long as he is president of Congress party president. God only helps PCC cheifs how long they put up with this buffoon
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          1. Sahib Singh
            Dec 28, 2017 at 11:55 pm
            Open letter to Mr. Rahul Gandhi. Dear Mr. Gandhi, stop wasting your valuable time looking for non existent reasons for your defeat. Look Closer. Look at the VVPATs. There in lies the DEVIL. EC and BJP are working hand in glove in allowing the use of these VERY HACKABLE VVPATs and that is what is propelling the BJP to its fraudulent victories. Demand that a sample batch of these VVPATs be handed over to independent tech companies and have an open compe ion to PROVE how hackable these VVPATs are. Alternate is you keep crying after the spilled milk as is the case today.
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            1. Harry Haran
              Dec 29, 2017 at 12:07 am
              Kyu - bahut bada Tech Giant hai tu. apni ma ke pichwade se nikla tha ? Congress ke Bhadwe. ABEY RAHUL AUR CONGRESS ULTA HO JAYEN, tab bhi koi election nahin jeet sakte, behen ke lawde.
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